Fending Off Cholera

Cholera is a main concern of relief staff scrambling to deliver lifesaving supplies in Haiti, a week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into the island, hitting at a time when cholera was putting a heavy burden on the nation.
 
“The top priority for people affected by the hurricane is to give them access to safe drinking water,” said Dominique Legros, WHO’s cholera focal point dispatched yesterday along with 1 million cholera vaccine doses—enough to cover 500,000 people, or 1 million people if a single-dose approach is used, Legros explained.
 
There have been 30,000 cases of cholera to date in 2016. Not having access to safe water is the main reason for these cases, he added.
UN News Centre

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